from Big O Zine:

ROIO of the Week [Recordings of Indeterminate Origin]

K4: Bremen Radio 1971 [SEIDR 026]
Live at Gondel Kino, Bremen, Germany, June 25, 1971.

“There isn’t any extra information about this unofficial release either in the liner notes or on the interweb thing – however, as you listen it becomes obvious that this is indeed a recording of the rather short-lived lineup of Kraftwerk that includes Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger in its ranks! That’s right – Neu! as part of Kraftwerk!!!

“It’s basically a whole CD of extended “side-long” jams in the style of the first Kraftwerk albums performed in front of a small but enthusiastic audience and broadcast on Bremen Radio in 1971. The members of Neu! really take a forward role here, with Rother’s guitar driving things for most of the time and sounding quite rocking, with glimpses of his future soaring melodic sound in the extended jam passages. The guitar and drums are backed up by synth and I believe organ bass, with notable exceptions of flute taking the forefront on the great version of Ruckzack (from the first Kraftwerk LP) and is it distorted electric violin on K4? Maybe just Rother taking a violin bow to his guitar strings! Proto-Kraftwerk and proto-Neu! It’s exciting stuff, and on top of that the sound quality is excellent – a professional radio recording.

“How has this recording not become better known over the past 35 years since it was made?! I don’t know. It appears to be a newly released CDR edition with good-quality (but privately printed) packaging. Maybe it has stayed in the Radio Bremen archives until now? If you’re sceptical about the authenticity I’m sure a listen will persuade you… and hearing someone in the crowd shout “Michael!” in the last second of the recording is the icing on the cake.” – Little Bear [who shared the recording on the internet]

This isn’t the motorik, some might even say monotonous, electronic sound of Kraftwerk. Early Kraftwerk were more experimental with sounds and effects – not quite dance music.
– The Little Chicken

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality, stereo MP3s – sample rate of 192 kibit/s). As far as we can ascertain none of the tracks have been officially released.

Track 01 Heavy Metal Kids (07:54)

Track 02 K1 (15:39)

Track 03 K2 (Ruckzuck) (19:20)

Track 04 K3 (15:19)

Track 05 K4 (11:30)


Ralf Hutter [organ]
Florian Schneider [woodwind]
Michael Rother
Klaus Dinger

A+ Stereo Soundboard Recording taken from a recently issued R.O.I.O.

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = https://jaybabcock.substack.com Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.


  1. Rather unbelievable – where was this hiding for **35 years**? It sounds legit and the quality is simply ace. The songs are primitive but in an absolutely perfect way… more proto-NEU! than proto-kraftwerk though…. I can see why they didn’t gel as a group. This really connects the dots between the Hapshash & the Heavy Metal Kids era jam psych and the leap Germans made in bands such as Neu! and Can.

  2. Honest to God, this is one of the greatest heavy rock recordings ever — it’s not far from Funhouse, “Super Stupid” and “When the Levee Breaks” territory, if not actually there. Rother sounds like he’s tapped into a fat, gushing current of pure electricity that’s coming from the core of the earth. You can hear the riffs of the first Neu album, but instead of the streamlined, motorik pulse you get a wild, oozing groove — think early Neu played by Tony Iommi and Bill Ward.

  3. I can’t believe that Kraftwerk 1 and 2 and Ralf and Florian are still unavailable on official, legal CDs. And as for this recording – amazing! What a find and I wish this would get an official release too.

  4. Wow! This is fantastic. Great to hear Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger of Neu! in this configuration of Kraftwerk.

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